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Windows 8 Is Coming to a BYOD Near You: Are the New Security Features Enough?

Webinar Published By: Lumension
Lumension
Published:  Jan 22, 2013
Type:  Webinar

If you are like me, you aren’t planning to migrate to Windows 8. But with Surface RTs selling the way they are, I guarantee we will have users bringing their own Windows 8 devices.

In this fast-paced webinar, I’ll look at everything that’s new as far as security in Windows 8, with a special focus on mobility. You folks are really the go-to group in your organization for debunking the myths of Windows 8 and this webinar will help you provide the accurate answers to internal users and executives on questions like:
What do I tell my CEO when she asks about supporting her new Win8 laptop?
What do I tell my users who want to bring in their Windows RT Surface tablets?
What is the security impact of bringing Windows 8 into my environment?

The biggest distinctions guiding this discussion about Windows 8 security will be: 1) RT vs. “Real” Windows, and 2) BYOD vs. corporate-owned devices. If organizations out there are planning to roll-out a Windows 8 fleet of devices, I’ll help by covering the mobile device management (MDM) features and gaps in Windows 8. One of the biggest facts to know right now is that Windows 8 “RT” does not support domain membership or group policy. You heard me right. To manage RT devices, you’d need to have a new version of Windows Intune (the Microsoft PC management service in the cloud), which integrates with a new version of Microsoft System Center. This is an interesting approach to the BYOD security dilemma.

Windows 8 does have some interesting new security features, which we’ll cover:
UEFI Secure Boot support – UEFI stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface which replaces the good ole BIOS we’ve had to for decades. UEFI promises to make Windows 8 very resistant to low level malware like rootkits.
SmartScreen filter – has been extended from Internet Explorer to Windows itself.
Windows Defender – Bloggers are pronouncing this as a “full anti-malware solution”. We’ll determine if that is really so.
Picture Password – a new touch based logon method using pictures and gestures

Another thing we will cover is which security features are available in Windows 8 (base consumer edition), Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 8 RT. There are very big differences between these editions.



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endpoint management, security, compliance, patch management, file integrity monitoring, device control, windows 8, mobile, byod, windows rt, access control, anti spam, anti spyware, anti virus, application security, auditing, business continuity, email security, encryption, firewalls